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Progressive Jones

(6,011 posts)
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:48 AM Jun 2019

How primary elections work in Illinois.

Here in Illinois, in a primary election, we choose either a Democratic ballot, or a Republican ballot.
We don't register as a member of any party. A voter can ask for either ballot.

Do any of the other States operate this way?

When the 2020 primaries come around, I want all my fellow IL DUers to ask for a Republican ballot,
and vote for anyone on there but Trump. Don't let that prick make it onto the ballot on Election Day.

Personally, I'm voting for whomever the Democratic candidate is in the General Election, so I'm not worried about
taking a primary vote away from any particular Democratic hopeful. I'm more interested in trying to help crush Trump's candidacy.

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(2,249 posts)
1. Assume that the Democrat candidate that would have received your vote...
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:57 AM
Jun 2019

....is the best candidate. Would make the best president. And then assume that he or she did not get the nomination because you and others asked for a Republican ballot. The Democratic candidate who gets the most votes IS the best candidate. That is all that matters.


(7,160 posts)
2. Democrats voting in the primary will not keep trump from being the GOP nominee.
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:24 AM
Jun 2019

You know that. I know that.

So what is it that you really want?


beachbum bob

(10,437 posts)
3. Trump has zero chance in Illinois to win, a Biden candidacy will take 60% of the vote
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:44 AM
Jun 2019

and have some coat tails to rid our state of more of remaining GOP congresspeople


(11,384 posts)
4. This is called an "open primary" ...
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:13 AM
Jun 2019

... and, yes, there are other states with open primaries.

I'm in Illinois, but I will definitely not be asking for a Republican ballot. There are simply too many elected offices here in Cook county that will be decided in the Democratic primary.

Progressive Jones

(6,011 posts)
7. The GOP doesn't typically fare well in Cook County. I also take a GOP
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:38 PM
Jun 2019

ballot here in Kane County to help keep out the right wing fringies that are always trying to slip into
Countywide government.


(1,303 posts)
8. The only time in my voting life
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:45 PM
Jun 2019

That I pulled a republican ballot was the year Rauner was originally running for governor. My husband and I both voted for his closest competition in the polls in an effort to keep that train wreck out of our governor’s office. Too bad it didn’t work....but at least we only had to suffer through one term. He did enough damage with that one.


(11,618 posts)
5. In Oregon you belong to a party
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:22 AM
Jun 2019

Democrat or republican and get that ballot. Last time many independents or no party changed to democrat to vote for local dem congress candidate. She still didn't win. I am in the south only district that has republican congressman but it includes tge whole rural areas and only one liberal city Ashland.


(32,394 posts)
6. No one is running against Trump in the primary.
Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:30 AM
Jun 2019

And even if someone does they won't be able to get on the ballot in IL because of signature requirements (put there in the 70s to keep Progressives off the Democratic primary ballot). So your effort will be fruitless but Good Luck!

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